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Table of Contents

About Illinois section awwa

Chair’s Report........................................................................06 AWWA Summer Workshop.....................................................06 AWWA Director Report...........................................................08 Executive Director Report......................................................12 Chair Elect Report..................................................................13 Legislative Report..................................................................14 Secretary-Treasurer’s Report................................................16 District 4 Trustee Report........................................................17 District 5 Trustee Report........................................................17 Water Distribution Committee...............................................19 District 2 Trustee Report........................................................20 ACE10 A Success...................................................................21 Membership Committee........................................................22 District 1 Trustee Report........................................................23 MAC Committee......................................................................24 Water Taste Test Committee..................................................25 Water Efficiency Committee..................................................26 Safety & Emergency Planning Committee............................26 ACE 10 Water Tapping Contest and Demo...........................27 Water For People....................................................................31 Illinois Drinking Water Video.................................................31 Call For Nominees: George Warren Fuller Award.................32 George Warren Fuller Award Nomination Form....................33 Source Water Protection........................................................34 Expansion Projects at Historic WTP in IL..............................34 Fall Visitation Day...................................................................36 Fall Visitation Day Registration Form....................................37 Surviving The Recession Survey Results..............................38 Jack W. Hoffbuhr Award.........................................................39 Small Systems Committee....................................................40 Illinois Public Service Institute..............................................41 Perchlorate: A Potential Water Quality Concern...................44 Regional Meeting Of Section Officers...................................46 ACE 10 Meter Madness.........................................................47 Visitation Day: CLCJAWA........................................................48 Young Professionals Committee...........................................52 ISAWWA New Members List..................................................53 Seminar Registration Form...................................................54 Webinar Registration Form....................................................55 Splash Advertisement Order Form........................................56 2010 Board, Trustees & Committee Chairs.........................57 Index of Advertisers...............................................................58

American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the authoritative resource on safe water, providing knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) has over 2100 members throughout the State of Illinois. Illinois Section AWWA is the resource for seminars, workshops, video rental library and teleconferences. The Association develops and delivers low cost and convenient educational seminars for water industry professionals. If you would like to place an ad in Splash, please fill out the form in this magazine and return electronically to lisa@isawwa. org or mail to the address below. Illinois Section AWWA 545 South Randall Road St. Charles, IL 60174

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Chair’s Report John A. Smith, Chair

the support. The opening general session featured Denis Hayes as the highlighted speaker. Denis was the national coordinator of the first Earth Day, and he has been at the core of the modern environmental movement from the beginning. He received a big ovation when he stated that it was great to go to a conference that had tap water instead of bottled water for the speakers. This was the first conference he’s been to that did this.

Talk about hot time, summer in the City! The temperatures have been in the mid to upper nineties with high humidity just about everywhere in Illinois. For those of you working outside, take it easy and don’t overdo it. Fall is not far off on the calendar. ACE 10 in Chicago was another great conference. The annual Section breakfast was held at Maggiano’s and was very successful with the largest turnout in recent history. The breakfast was made possible through the generous donations of vendors, and we thank them for

The biggest event at ACE, at least for the Illinois Section, was when our Executive Director Laurie Dougherty received the first ever Jack Hoffbuhr award for Section Staff. The purpose of this award is to honor the legacy of Jack Hoffbuhr (retired AWWA Executive Director) by recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments by a Section staff member of AWWA. This is a well deserved award for Laurie, so be sure to congratulate her if you haven’t already done so. Also, congratulations to all of the other Section members who received awards at ACE; and a sincere thanks to all the ISAWWA volunteers who worked so hard to make the conference a success. Great job everybody!

like it was going to rain, but by late morning the sun came out and the golf balls were flying. After watching all the groups tee off, I don’t feel so bad now about my game! The breakfast at the water plant was great, followed by tours of the water plant, some technical sessions and lunch. Special thanks go out to District 2 Trustee Theresa O’Grady for helping to coordinate the event with the staff at CLCJAWA. Strategic Planning 2010 was held on May 13 and 14 at the Section’s St. Charles office. Our Section staff, Laurie, Lisa and Sandi, did a great job in setting up the session. At the March conference in Springfield, our AWWA Section Services representative, Nancy Sullivan, did a survey of Section members concerning membership in ISAWWA and the value received. The survey results obtained provided an excellent basis for discussion at the strategic planning session. The input received from ISAWWA members was a big help to Section officers and committee chairs as we develop future goals and objectives.

After the annual conference, Visitation Day was held at CLCJAWA in Lake Bluff. At the start of the golf outing it looked

In closing, I want to again thank all the volunteers who help make ISAWWA the success that it is. This was amply demonstrated at ACE10. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

After the welcome and opening remarks from AWWA President Joe Mantua and President-Elect Jerry Stevens, the first speaker was AWWA’s new Executive Director, David LaFrance. He talked about how AWWA can appear to be a big, complex organization to most members, and the summer workshop is a great way for both the organization and the section members to find out what

kinds of activities are going on at the national level. David noted that membership numbers have been dropping for lots of reasons, and that AWWA recognizes the need to provide value and a great experience to the sections and to the members. He wants to ensure that AWWA and the sections have the time, resources, and finances to provide for the needs of the members.


AWWA held its annual summer workshop for Section officers and committee chairs at national headquarters in Denver on July 29 and 30 this year. This was the first summer workshop I’ve attended, and it was a great experience! I picked up a lot of new and useful information, met some great people, and had a good time. The weather was a little on the warm side, but the dry air of Denver helped make for some really nice days.

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Susan Franceschi and Christopher McGinness, Section Services representatives, talked about best practices for the sections. I was surprised by the number of sections, included ISAWWA, that follow the same best practices. Did you know that the first section annual conference was held by the New York in 1914? Since then, the annual conferences have obviously become more sophisticated and complex and provide key membership value. For most sections, the annual conference also provides the needed revenue for operation. Gus Peterson, owner of Pro Edge Fitness, gave a great presentation called “Everest Base Camp, The Beginning of the Journey”. He prepares people to hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, an elevation of 18,000 feet. He then leads his clients on the actual climb to this base (he does not lead climbers to the top of the mountain). He spoke of the leadership and teamwork that is required to reach the base camp “summit”. The climbers learn patience, awareness, balance and strength, humility, respect and support, grace, and compassion. These are qualities that all

of us can use to improve ourselves and our organization. The first afternoon session covered AWWA’s program of review and analysis of their products and services. Some of the national organization’s products and services may be cut at some point in the future, if AWWA determines that the program or service is not providing value to the members. We also had a good presentation on Roberts Rules of Order. At the next ISAWWA Board meeting you may hear someone yell “you’re out of order”! I’m not serious. Well, maybe a little serious? Tom Curtis, Deputy Executive Director for Government Affairs in Washington, D.C., talked about the district flyins and presented some key points in preparing for these visits. He also spoke of some new ideas for working with our elected officials. Thursday night dinner was at a Mexican restaurant and everyone had a great time. At least it appeared that way to me. The restaurant was within stumbling distance of the hotel in case anyone had a few too many adult beverages.

On Friday morning, there was an optional group workout with Gus (the base camp trainer). Someone told me that, at one point, our Executive Director Laurie Dougherty was leading Gus instead of the other way around. I didn’t attend so that I could save my body joints for future use. The final presentation was titled “How to Say Anything to Anyone: Paving the Way to Powerful Relationships”. The presentation was excellent and I believe everybody really enjoyed it. It also gave a lot of tips on how to put the information to practical use in everyday interactions with coworkers, friends and family members. In closing, I would encourage future Section officers and committee chairs to attend AWWA’s summer workshops, if you have an opportunity to do so. You will learn more about the Section and the national organization, and also about ways to improve the Section and provide greater value to our members. You’ll even find out some information that you can use in your everyday life; and you’ll also have a great time and make new friends!

Do YOU have questions about

Backflow? Visit the ISAWWA Backflow Committee BLOG to ask a question and get a response from the Backflow Committee!

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in particular committee chairs, Bob Martin and John Spatz. I heard nothing but positive reviews from AWWA officers and ACE10 attendees about the quality of the conference and the friendliness of Chicago. Chicago is certainly a “world class” city and all of our volunteers and Section staff certainly maintained that image. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication.

“ Thoughts and Observations while waiting for the Cubs to win the World Series” Its mid-summer and I am still reveling in the Blackhawks triumphant success as they received Lord Stanley’s coveted trophy. I even decided to join a friend and his 10- year old son to see first hand the spectacle of a Stanley Cup victory parade and rally in the City of Chicago; and, in the words of Julia Roberts, “Big mistake . . . HUGE”. Two million people at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive! What were they thinking? You’re probably wondering why I started this column by talking about the Blackhawks instead of the Cubs. I was actually hoping you hadn’t noticed, as I am trying to forget the fact the beloved Cubs are currently 10 games below the 500 mark, and 10 ½ games behind the Cincinnati Reds in their division. At least the White Sox fans still have something to cheer about while the rest of us anxiously await Bears training camp which is just around the corner. I would like to congratulate everyone involved with the success of ACE10,

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AWWA has released some preliminary metrics from the conference which indicates overall attendance was 11,800, up 3.6 % over ACE09 (San Diego), including 573 attendees from 54 countries other than the U.S. There were 1,090 booths in the exhibit hall and with the success of this conference 1,041 booths have already been sold for ACE11 (Washington D.C.), which is an increase of 1.67 % over last year. AWWA experimented with social media and electronic notifications during the conference which also yielded positive results. The ACE10 Facebook fan page experience 31 related posts during the conference and an estimated 50 tweets on Twitter were identified as being directly related to ACE10. AWWA expects social media will continue to grow and they expect to expand the use of social media sites for other AWWA conferences and events. On a less positive note, AWWA’s membership numbers continue to decline. We are now below 56,000 members. The membership count in the month of June fell by 325 from May. Not surprisingly, most of the losses (274) were individual members. President Joe Mantua stated in his remarks during the gavel passing ceremony at ACE, “the broadest, and what I believe to be most important, AWWA focus for the next year will be enhancing the membership experience.

Our members, our volunteers, our sections are the heart and soul of this organization. We must be able to attract and retain new members, and the key to doing that is by providing them with a memorable membership experience. We need to think about how we can deliver that member experience in everything we do”. President Mantua has committed the resources of the AWWA Executive Committee and Board of Directors to developing a strategy to improve the membership experience and I will keep you apprised of the results. If you have any suggestions or ideas in that regard please forward them to me. The AWWA Board of Directors has taken the next step in implementing the Program Analysis process. You may recall the Board approved a process whereby all AWWA programs would be evaluated by various groups to determine their current value to AWWA and our membership. Programs that have strong connection to the AWWA strategic plan and involve many members would score well, while others won’t. The first step of scoring all programs has been completed and the Board has now approved the following action: 1. Program managers will review programs that scored in the top two thirds to determine how the program might be improved. 2. The Program Analysis Committee will attempt to categorize the programs which fell into the bottom third of programs into one of three categories: • Sunset the program in the next budget cycle. • Repurpose/repackage/retool the program (process to start immediately). • Identify a timeframe to achieve predefined improvement (such as a specific profit margin).

3. AWWA staff will develop a recommendation as to the classification of the bottom third of the programs for incorporation into the 2011 budgeting process. This process, while complicated and time intensive, is a positive step towards insuring AWWA stays true to its mission. There are many programs in the “crosshairs” and while they may be important to some of us it has become necessary to prioritize them and, possibly, to eliminate some in order to free resources for new programs that will come up in the future. I will be working with the ISAWWA Board in the next 12 months to determine if this type of critical analysis would be beneficial to evaluating Section programs. Finally, I don’t know how many of you have the opportunity to hear President

Craig Woolard’s remarks at the ACE10 opening general session; but, in my opinion, it was one of the best speeches I have witnessed delivered by an AWWA President. I was actually tempted to reprint the speech in its entirety here but instead I strongly encourage you to visit: www.awwa. org/Publications/StreamlinesArticle. cfm?ItemNumber=54707 and read his remarks. His analogy of our current economic situation and the state of the water industry with the conditions being experienced by Americans 100 years ago was amazing and well worth a few minutes of your time. I leave you with this excerpt from his remarks: “So here we are in 2010, a time of great change and with many of the

same issues we faced at the turn of the 20th century. Today we are challenged with putting into practice a new set of principles that will guide our industry through the 21st century. “The need for these new principles was summarized best by a water system manager in his response to our State of the Industry Survey. He observed that today we have to strike a balance between “farmers, cities and fish. “What the individual was saying is that we need to integrate economic growth, environmental protection and social development into our practices. Our call to action is to ensure that this triple bottom-line approach becomes the framework for our industry.”

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Executive Director Report Laurie Dougherty

that you want to read, or listen to. New attendees at our conferences need more information on what to attend in an easy to navigate method.

at developing a new website and member management system to make it easier for you to do business with ISAWWA and connect with your peers.

TRAINING - We need to provide you training opportunities at low cost and close to home. Many of you are no longer supported by your employer to travel to training that is required for your licenses.

TRAINING ON SITE - Lisa Jordan and the Education Committee are focusing on delivering education at your utilities. FREE. It’s simple and easy . . . you host the training, and your employees attend for free. What’s the fine print? You need to provide a monitor and help us to arrange for (but not pay for) the food. Just pick up donuts, coffee and juice and arrange for a lunch to be delivered, if needed.

NETWORKING - We need to provide you with opportunities to network with your peers. Both, in areas of operational information and also in career planning.

We are listening to you . . . Over the last year we have been asking our members, non-members, Board members and committees what would a “perfect” Illinois Section AWWA look like. What services and products would we be providing to you, if anything were possible. What we have learned so far is……… COMMUNICATION – We need to communicate better by targeting our messages to your specific needs for information. You want to be able to tell us to send you only information

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES – We need to continue to provide a method by which you are exposed to new products and services; and we need to facilitate the introductions of the utility customers to the service and product providers in the market. VALUE – We need to do a better job of communicating to you what the value is of your membership and why it is important that you renew your AWWA membership. What we are doing so far . . . NEW WEBSITE - The Illinois Section AWWA is committed to fulfilling your needs and we want to continue to listen to you. An ad-hoc committee is looking

MEMBERSHIP – We are working on re-evaluating what information we provide to members and non members. Our ad-hoc committee will be making recommendations and will welcome your input. What information do you think should be limited to members only? We want to create a partnership with you so that you will want to remain connected to your association, no matter what. We intend to provide a value to you that you will consider as important as the water that you drink. You can help us do that by providing feedback on what is important to you. Talk to us . . . we really are listening.

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Chair Elect report Dennis Ross

is that it is a great place to meet new people with similar interests, while providing a much needed service to the industry I have chosen as a career.

“Why are you involved in Illinois Section AWWA?” This question was recently asked of me by a friend outside of our industry. While it seemed to be an odd question at the time, or at least to me, it did cause me to reflect on the past 12 years I have been involved with Section activities. My involvement began through attending an Education Committee meeting in Springfield. I was a bit nervous, a stranger in a strange land, if you will. I had just recently moved to Illinois and didn’t know a soul in the room. The meeting was well run, and I had plenty of opportunity to provide input. By the third meeting, I felt as though I had been a part of the group for years. I started to look forward to the meetings and conference calls, we were getting a ton of work done, and I was getting to know my new friends. So I realize that my first answer to the question, “why be involved in ISAWWA?”

After a few years on the Education Committee, I had the opportunity to Chair the Committee. While I said yes with little hesitation and maybe even little thought, I did have concerns. Would I be able to perform the duties of the position and move the Committee forward? My predecessor had done a great job, and was only leaving because a new position took him out of the State. He had made me and every other member of the Committee feel like their input was valued and that we were all a part of the team. Was I the right person to carry this very successful group forward? I am happy to say that, with the support and guidance of the Section staff, the Committee continued to do quite well during my time as Chair. So the second part of my answer to the question, “why be involved in the ISAWWA?” is that it is a fantastic place to develop leadership skills. Later I served as Trustee, attending training sessions and serving on more committees. In those three years I learned about how the Section works and its relationship with the international AWWA organization. Even though the time requirements didn’t seem to be that demanding at the time, as I look back, I realize that it did take some commitment; attending Board meetings, conference calls and some national AWWA training. Each of these meetings helped build a better understanding of this world class organization.

And the third part of my answer to the question, “why be involved in the ISAWWA?” would be that your involvement provides you with the greatest value, not only at the Section level, but also at the international AWWA level, thereby significantly increasing the value of your membership. Now I find myself on the journey of “going through the chairs”. I have to admit this was something I didn’t really think about doing until near the end of my Trustee term. I was driving Jeff Fisher back to the hotel one evening after dinner ( it was a car pool thing, not a designated driver thing) and I mentioned to Jeff my thought of throwing my hat in the ring for Vice Chair in the upcoming Section elections. To my surprise he was excited for me! I thought he might be supportive, telling me it would be a lot of work, but worthwhile, for the good of the order and so on. But that wasn’t his response at all. He was very supportive and made me feel like I would have something to bring to the group. Maybe he was just being kind, but it was enough to get me to take the next step. So my final answer to the question, “why be involved in the ISAWWA?” It is a great chance to be a part of a world class organization in an industry that most people take for granted, and help not only with your own personal growth but also the growth of a profession in which I am very proud to be a member. If you ever question whether you should get involved in Section activities, I will tell you it is most certainly one of the best decisions you will ever make in your professional life.

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Legislative report: “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” Terry Steczo and Maureen Mulhall

Senate – The magic number is 30. Democrats currently hold 37 of 59 seats and the GOP will be trying to end the tenyear Democratic reign. A non-scientific review of the 20 senate seats up for election shows five in the swing category and another two on the cusp. Should the GOP succeed in winning all seven, Democrats would still control the Chamber by one vote. If 2010 winds up being another 1994, then that may be possible.

The summer of 2010, thus far, has been fairly quiet. Unlike many summers in the last 8 years, the General Assembly is not in Springfield. Legislators are home working on re-election campaigns; and the Governor has been trying to balance the budget while pondering the fate of over 600 bills that the Legislature sent to him. There will be no special session to consider borrowing $3.7 billion to make the State pension payment. That, and other fiscal matters, will have to wait until after Election Day on November 2. Decisions made on the budget and spending, and issues such as State employee furloughs, made initial press ripples; but, for the most part, major controversy has not been as prevalent as has been the case the past few years. Campaign Season To Rev Up While candidates have been out and about since the February primary election, expect campaign season to begin in earnest in August, building to a crescendo that candidates hope will peak on Election Day. Looking ahead, opposite sides will be trying to implement successful strategies in order to make the evening of November 2 a happy one.

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Governor – Quinn’s strategy will be to emphasize his inheritance of the horrible fiscal condition of the State when he assumed office and his leadership in efforts to right the ship in the face of a horrible economy. He will also attempt to remind voters of his history of independence. He will attempt to portray Brady as out of touch, too ultraconservative for Illinois, and with a no-tax, all-cut fiscal plan that will be ruinous to the State. Brady will portray himself as a fiscal conservative who will end years of fiscal mismanagement and balance the State budget without raising taxes by freezing the budget at a former level, making tough decisions on cuts and by pledging no new taxes. He will attempt to characterize Quinn as a weak leader who continually flip-flops on decisions, and who will inhibit economic recovery by seeking a huge income tax increase in the middle of a deep recession. He will also likely try to link Quinn with Blagojevich, but that strategy may not reverberate with voters because of Quinn’s history.

House – Democrats have held the House since 1982 with one two-year exception in 1994. During the 1994 elections, a swing of 13 seats cost them control, which they promptly won back in 1996. Speaker Michael Madigan vividly remembers 1994 and plans to do everything possible to avoid that from occurring in 2010. The magic number in the House is 60 and the Democrats currently hold 70 seats. Twelve Democratic seats and four GOP seats could be considered in the “target” category so there is more of a numerical possibility of change here than in the Senate, but it will still be a huge uphill climb for the GOP to take the House. Reapportionment – Why is 2010 different than any other election year? One word … Reapportionment. The Constitution requires that legislative districts be redrawn every 10 years after the census. 2011 is that year. The goal is for the party in power to draw a map that allows them to control each Chamber of the General Assembly; and, thus, control the State agenda for ten years. Power. The Illinois Constitution sets out a specific procedure for the reapportionment process. To completely control the process. one party must control the Governor’s office and both Chambers of the General Assembly. In 1982, 1992 and 2002 there was split control, so a

tiebreaking procedure was utilized to determine who drew maps. Democrats won in 1982 and 2002. Republicans won in 1992. In each case there was at least a 50/50 chance of winning. When one party controls the process, there is zero chance of the other side winning, so that’s what the GOP is looking to try to avoid in 2010. Why was there even more partisanship in Springfield this year? Remap. Why was there no GOP cooperation to try to overcome the State’s fiscal problems? Remap. The GOP desperately needs to win one of the three parts of the remap process. They have determined that the best way to do that is to show that the Democrats are ineffective leaders. And Democrats have done their best to play that part. With two weak gubernatorial candidates, the GOP feels that they may have a shot there or, perhaps, in House elections. See any similarities on the national level? Washington, D.C. is where bipartisanship has been non-existent. The national GOP wants as unlevel of a playing field as possible to win back state legislatures and governorships because they draw and approve congressional maps. There have been very few stories about the role that 2011 has played in 2009 and 2010

decision making, or lack thereof. But, reapportionment has been running in the background the entire time and will continue to do so until November 2 … and beyond. Legislation SB 580 – This was one of the more contentious bills this session, and the controversy and intrigue continued until nearly the end of session in May. Making the politics of this bill interesting was the fact that the Senate sponsor, Sen. Dan Cronin, is also running for DuPage County Board Chairman. This bill pitted the DuPage County Board against many of the county municipalities. An early version of this bill would have dissolved the DuPage Water Commission and had the potential to dissolve others throughout the State. ISAWWA members met with the House sponsor, Rep. Randy Ramey, and received an assurance that the final product would only apply to DuPage. True to his word, Rep. Ramey kept the pressure on until the bill passed both chambers on May 3. While SB 580 does make changes to the DuPage Water Commission, the final version was a compromise with all parties in agreement. The Governor signed the bill on July 29 and the bill was effective immediately with his signature.

SB 3070 – This bill was an EPA and Attorney General initiative in response to the problems discovered in Crestwood in 2009. This bill establishes new standard levels for certain VOCs. The Governor signed this bill on July 28, and it became effective with his signature. SB 3749 – The subject of this bill was originally in HB 5485 and deals with eminent domain proceedings and the determination of fair market value of a waterworks. The House bill got stuck in the House and was not called for a final vote. In the waning days of the spring session, SB 3749 was amended to include compromise language with which the effective parties agreed. The bill acknowledges the standards for professional appraisal practice and the requirements of the Illinois Constitution in these determinations. SB 3749 goes on to provide that consideration may be given to the depreciated value of facilities and fixtures constructed by the utility, as well as payments made by the utility in connection with acquisition or donation of any waterworks or sanitary sewage system. This bill passed both Chambers with overwhelming majorities. The Governor has until late August to take action. Please go to to read the full text of these bills.

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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report John H. Van Arsdel

The 2010 ACE AWWA conference was a great time. The great City of Chicago was host to about 12,000 attendees. For those who were able to attend, you know what I mean. There really was almost too much to take in with all the activities, classes, forums, committee meetings, tapping demo on Sunday, exhibits, et al. Regrettably, I was not able to get to everything. To those who were able to give a bit of their time to assist with the various activities on behalf of the ISAWWA, my thanks to you. From what I saw and experienced, everyone was gracious and very helpful. I am a somewhat experienced visitor to the Windy City, but there were still locations I needed directions to, as well as the locations of various rooms at McCormick Place. Anytime I needed direction, the folks at the info both had me pointed in the right direction within seconds. John Spatz and Bob Martin’s committee did a marvelous job with their work. Their Committee really did live up to the motto of “…ACE was the place to be.”

Our great Illinois Section was honored to be able to have our Executive Director, Laurie Dougherty, receive the first ever Jack Hoffbuhr Award for Section Staff. The purpose of this award is to honor the legacy of Jack Hoffbuhr (retired AWWA Executive Director) by recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments by a Section staff member of AWWA. This is a great honor for Laurie, and it was beyond being well deserved, in my opinion. Laurie is the ultimate example of what other sections only wish they could have in the way of professional staff. As I travel to other areas of the country, I hear the admiration expressed by members from other sections on her work. They wish there were a way to clone her so that they, too, could have such a great resource at their finger tips. We have been very fortunate to have her. If you run across Laurie, be sure to congratulate her on this prestigious award. Ron Erickson was the recipient of another Diamond pin award for Membership. Ron is a past chair of the Membership Committee, and yet he continues to provide support in the area of membership. Congratulations, Ron, and thank you for the continued efforts to boost our membership. I also received an award for membership, the Ambassador Award. I had to give it back because it said I was in the Pacific Section. It is getting corrected to say Illinois Section - just a minor detail. The Section Breakfast was a good time. It was great to be able to share a great early morning meal to start the day with my fellow ISAWWA members. Fortunately, I had an opportunity to visit with some folks at the breakfast that I wasn’t able to see for the remainder of the conference because of everyone’s busy schedule. My apologies to those I was not able to catch up to.

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Visitation Day activities in July were provided by the folks of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) in Lake Bluff. The golf outing at Steeplechase in Mundelein was a great course to play. However, I have never claimed to be a great golfer, so my efforts were limited to a game called “FLOG” (Golf spelled backwards). Despite several of my lost balls, both into the woods and water, our foursome did not get to the highest score. Perhaps next time I need to try a little harder. Congratulations to the folks at CLCJAWA for both an enjoyable golf outing and for the visit to their fine facility in Lake Bluff. I missed the Board meeting on that Wednesday because I had to be in the City of Baltimore for a work-related meeting. I am sure that whoever was appointed Secretary “Pro-Tem” (probably Laurie) did a fine job recording all the details of the proceedings. I really did miss not being there for what I heard was a very productive meeting. That was the first Board meeting I have missed in a few years. My kudos go to Andre Dieffenthaller for his stewardship of the newly formedWater Efficiency Committee. Andre has taken a new position in Florida. I hope Andre continues his involvement with AWWA with the Florida Section. The new Chair, Amy Talbot, is a great person to lead this Committee. When you see Amy, thank her for her stepping forward to lead this effort. I am looking forward to the rest of this year. Thanks to all those who have supported the ISAWWA. We have made many strides forward, but there is always more to do. Please get involved. “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”

District 4 trustee report Cheryl Norton, Trustee

It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer is passing by. The AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition was held in Chicago this year, and it was an exciting way to start the summer. Chicago is a great city and the conference center proved to be a very good venue for AWWA members from various states, countries and continents to mingle and learn from each other. Committee meetings, workshops, presentations and social events kept everyone busy throughout the week. The ISAWWA breakfast was well attended and provided a great opportunity for people throughout the State to network, meet new friends, and catch up with old friends.

held at the Gateway Water Treatment Plant near Sandoval on October 6 and 7. The event will begin with golfing and dinner in Salem on October 6, and the tour will take place the following morning. I hope that you will make plans to join us. Look for more details on the ISAWWA website.

The fall Visitation Day Event is quickly approaching. This year the event will be

We continue to work hard to bring training events to District 4 that will be beneficial to our members, so be watching your email and mail for upcoming training events. Training from ISAWWA is very affordable and provides convenient opportunities to earn the training credits needed for maintain your certification. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there are topics or courses that you would like to see offered in southern Illinois.

The National Drinking Water Advisory Council recently met in Washington, D.C. to review some of the drinking water standards that affect many water utilities. As a representative for the small systems throughout the United States, I sometimes don’t understand how our small systems can maintain the same level of quality as the large systems with unlimited resources. While the USEPA is required by the Clean Water Act to review drinking water regulations, the limits established in the past are often reduced to levels that cause water treatment plants to add

additional treatment processes and equipment at a tremendous cost, while the scientific health effects have not been documented to cause the limits to be reduced. Sometimes this is a regional problem or perhaps a seasonal problem caused by others upstream or in the area. This has led to discussions to consider issuing waivers in some cases. As our water continues to be recycled over the years, I feel it makes sense to protect our environment and look to improving our water quality at the source of the pollution.

District 5 trustee report Tim Kite, Trustee

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18 A q u a b a c k f l o w • H o w a r d R . g r e e n c o m p a n y S P L A S H September 2010

Water Distribution Committee Dennis Bowe, Chair

On April 13, 2010 the ISAWWA Water Distribution Committee hosted the third annual Water Distribution Conference in Countryside, Illinois. A total of 149 individuals registered for the Conference. Nine speakers presented information on a wide range of topics which included safety, GIS, flow testing, backflow prevention and related water distribution subjects. Conference topics for next year will include meter testing and repair, confined space procedures, water quality sampling, arc flash safety, and similar topics of value and interest to operators and managers. The date of the next Water Distribution Conference has not been scheduled but an announcement will be made in early September. On June 22 members of the ISAWAA Water Distribution Committee met at

McCormick Place during the annual AWWA Conference and Exposition. The Committee discussed how to improve the annual Water Distribution Conference and how to keep topics relevant to the audience. The Committee also began preparation to hold a strategic planning session with ISAWWA staff in the fall. This meeting will result in improved Committee function and focus. As always, the ISAWWA Water Distribution Committee solicits additional members. Membership is open to all ISAWWA members. Please contact Dennis Bowe or Lisa Jordan for information. Additionally, the Committee is receptive to suggestions for topics for the 2011 Water Distribution Conference. Please forward suggestions to Dennis Bowe or Lisa Jordan.

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District 2 trustee Report Chad Laucamp, Trustee

Second City comedy troupe performed water themed skits in front of hundreds at the industry luncheon. And let’s not forget the extensive rows upon rows of exhibitor booths and numerous technical talks that took place for the duration of the conference that made this event a tremendous knowledge-gaining experience for all water professionals.

There have a number of momentous events that have occurred in the Illinois Section over the past couple of months. First, water professionals from around the world gathered in Chicago the week of June 20-24 for the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE10). It has been 11 years since this conference was last in Chicago, so this was a very special occasion for the Illinois Section. There were a number of amazing events that took place including tours of the Jardine Water Purification Plant, Chicago Pump Station and Water Tower, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Shedd Aquarium. A pipe tapping and meter assembly demonstration was held right outside the Chicago Water Tower, which attracted members of the media to cover the event. The local

I was involved on the ACE10 local host committee which is responsible for the local planning for the conference as well as coordination between National AWWA staff and resources here in Chicago. Several areas of focus require the formation of sub-committees including the tapping contest, staffing of session monitors, planning for and coordination of facility tours, and staffing of welcome desks at the hotels. While this committee begins the planning process months, even years, prior to the event, it is the numerous local volunteers that are brought on board weeks prior to the event that make the local hosting of ACE10 a success. There were several instances I overheard attendees mention that they enjoy when ACE comes to Chicago because the people are friendly and the conference is well organized. Being part of this experience has reinforced my high appreciation of our members here in the Illinois Section and we should all be proud of the results from our hard work. ACE will again be coming to Chicago in 2016, which will be here before you know it. This will once again provide

our members here in Illinois a unique opportunity to volunteer for this event. The Illinois Section also held 2010 Visitation Day on July 15th and 16th at Central Lake County JAWA in Lake Bluff. This event included a golf outing on Thursday followed by a tour of CLCJAWA’s water treatment facilities, technical presentations and lunch. The event was well attended and CLCJAWA’s staff did a fantastic job of hosting the event. I once again discovered that I am not a golfer while certainly getting more than my fair share of swings. Perhaps next year will finally be the year that I take golf lessons and work out the kinks in the swing, then again, maybe not. Theresa O’Grady and I continue to serve the District 2 area of the Illinois Section, and we would like to receive feedback from our members on how your AWWA membership is benefiting you and on areas that we need to improve upon to bring enhanced service and value to our members. I would be interested in hearing from you so please feel free to call or email either myself or Theresa. Our contact information is as follows: Chad Laucamp 312-373-6759 Theresa O’Grady 630-820-1022


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ACE 10 A Success

John Spatz and Bob Martin, ACE 10 Local Host Committee Chairs

The Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE 10), which was held in Chicago, was a success by every definition. ACE 10 kicked off with Dance Friday, held in front of the studios of NBC 5 on Friday morning. The Chicago Water Tower provided the backdrop for a tapping and meter madness demonstration Sunday morning which was featured on the Sunday newscasts. The Welcome Committee literally ran out of maps because of the throngs of visitors that stopped by the welcome desks at the convention center and the hotels. Session Monitors assisted with the multitude of educational sessions. Tapping Committee members kept everything running smoothly at the tapping competition as well as the Sunday morning demonstration. Foreign visitors were provided with assistance from the International Committee. The facility tours were a huge success because of the knowledgeable assistance and coordination of the

Facility Tour Committee. The Midwest Technical Committee organized a technical program featuring educational topics of interest to Midwest matters. In addition to assisting with the Sunday Morning demonstration, the Publicity Committee staffed the press room. The Top Ops and Meter Madness Committees provided local assistance during the various competitions. And finally the Communication Committee acquired two-way radios to keep everyone talking. It was heartwarming to hear the many compliments regarding how friendly and helpful the volunteers were. We want to thank the over 200 volunteers for the time spent. We also want to thank Laurie Dougherty and the ISAWWA staff for their assistance in coordinating such a large number of volunteers. Finally, kudos to the Denver-based AWWA staff for their invaluable support. John Spatz and Bob Martin, ACE 10 Local Host Committee Chairs

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Membership Committee Randy Lusk, Chair

Hello, all. I would first like to say what a wonderful summer we are having. It is so nice to actually have hot weather. However, if you are one of those people who doesn’t like hot weather, you are probably mumbling under your breath at me right now. I also would like to let everyone know that this is my first article for Splash, and I am very excited to be doing it. I have only been in this position since March of this year, and I must say it has been both challenging and rewarding. I need to thank all of the people who have been giving me guidance and suggestions; without you guys I would be very lost. I was given a great opportunity to work the membership booth at ACE 2010. I was able to meet some of the people from Denver, and I want to thank them for sharing some valuable pointers for recruiting members. Membership Numbers: We are currently discussing what goals we will have for our membership, so I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know where we are and how we compare to a few of the other sections. I recently received an email letting me know how many new members AWWA has recruited in 2010. So far, AWWA 22 M e m b e r s h i p C o m m i t t e e S P L A S H September 2010

has recruited 763 members this year, which is an amazing number. I hope we can double that by year’s end. Illinois Section is currently sitting at a 90.86% retention rate, which is above the average. So I want to say thank you to all those who have worked so hard to keep our members happy. In the past year, from June 2009 to June 2010, while we have signed up 160 new members, 190 members have been dropped, leaving us with 30 fewer members than a year ago. Now, a little fact of good news: we are the 7th largest section in all of AWWA with over 2000 members! I would like to establish a goal to get our Section into the top 5, but that will take a lot of work from all the members – yes, you - to make this happen. Membership Appreciation: Starting in October, ISAWWA will be launching a membership appreciation initiative, so please keep an eye out for this. This is something we want to do just to say thank you for making this Section one of the top sections in all of AWWA. Different Types of Memberships We have three different types of memberships, Individual, Service Provider and Utility. In the next few issues of Splash, I will be explaining a few of the benefits for each one. In this issue I am going to review the Utility Membership. This is a quote from the Utility application and it says it best: “With access to knowledge and expertise, training and certification opportunities, and a voice in the industry, membership in the AWWA helps you to improve your operation, get the best from your employees and find solutions to problems.” The Utility membership gives you an abundance of information that will help you in all those areas, for example: 1. Only Tap Water Delivers: A grassroots and media campaign to communicate

the value of tap water service and need to reinvest infrastructure. You will receive a CD/DVD package. 2. Regulatory/Legislative Alerts: Receive timely information on proposed legislation or regulatory actions that may affect your utility. 3. Public Affairs Advisories: Utility members receive a “Who, What, Where, When and Why” heads-up on events or news stories that impact utilities. 4. AWWA Training, Education and Conferences: Discounts for ALL employees on registration for conferences, workshops, webinars and other events. 5. Subscriptions: You get Opflow, Journal AWWA and Streamlines. Being a member of AWWA will also help you to learn leadership skills for your utility and in life. Introduce a friend of colleague to AWWA today…. You joined AWWA for many great reasons, now spread those reasons on and help to keep our Section growing strong. Talk up the reasons you joined, and we will see new members each month. The Section needs everyone to be involved in recruiting. That’s what will keep ISAWWA strong. Write your name and membership number on top of the application and you will receive credit for the new member. If you need pointers on what to say, please visit: - or Thank you for your time. Hopefully, when I write the next Splash, I’ll be able to report that we have gained a few more members. Have a great summer!! Go Cubbies : )

District 1 Trustee Report ISAWWA Training Matters Now More Than Ever Greg Swanson, Trustee

than ever and why utilities can’t afford to forgo training in these tough times. Sir Francis Bacon said that “knowledge is power.” ISAWWA training provides diverse technical knowledge that can power improved work efficiency, more effective use of equipment and resources, and increased safety in water utility operations. These beneficial changes produce real cost savings. Learn to reduce your energy and treatment chemical use and you will be able to reduce operating costs. Learn to mitigate safety hazards and you will save money by reducing injuries and other financial losses that accompany accidents. Provision of low-cost high quality training to its membership is a cornerstone of ISAWWA’s mission. Thanks to its dedicated staff and many volunteers, the Section does a truly remarkable job in this area. For example, ISAWWA will offer nearly 50 training opportunities during the second half of the 2010 calendar year. These opportunities cover a wide variety of water utility topics that are presented in both classroom and webinar settings. However, many water utilities and operators feel that they can’t afford to take advantage of these opportunities due to current economic conditions. This article will outline why ISAWWA training matters now more

Bob Dylan says “the times they are changing.” This is certainly true in the water utility field. Water Operators need to understand new regulations in order to determine the most cost effective way for their utility to achieve compliance. Water Operators need to understand alternatives to address aging infrastructure and the use of new technologies to make cost effective decisions. ISAWWA training provides training opportunities in these areas. Water utilities must invest in their operators if they are going to meet the challenges of the future. Such training is an essential component of controlling

operating costs and achieving regulatory compliance. Additionally, as more baby-boomers begin to retire, utilities are experiencing difficulty obtaining properly trained individuals to take their place. ISAWWA provides diverse training opportunities that fulfill these needs in a very cost effective manner. Despite the current economic slump, water utilities must support ISAWWA training sessions through participation to keep this valuable low cost training alternative viable in the future. Please remain aware of upcoming ISAWWA training opportunities and take advantage of those that fit your individual and utility needs. If funds are truly tight, contact Lisa Jordan to explore the possibility of sponsoring a training session at your facility, or volunteering as a session monitor, as an alternative to forgoing needed training completely. In closing, Illinois water utilities are encouraged to participate in ISAWWA training, which can actually help utilities save money in these tough economic times, while helping them prepare for the future. Individual water operators are encouraged to invest their own time and money in ISAWWA training, which is a wise investment. As B.B. King said, “the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

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MAC Committee Terry Locke

The planning for the exhibit area for joint ISAWWA and IWEA conference, Watercon 2011, is proceeding well. We are adding more booths next year, so that more vendors can participate. The Exhibitor registration portal is now open on the Section website. Booths will be assigned based on your point total as described in the prospectus. We are looking to make it easier for attendees to locate the booths that may interest them. To that end our

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plan is to put together a floor plan of the exhibit hall and color code the booths by categories, linking them to the technical sessions. We feel this will benefit both the attendees and exhibitors. We also plan to assist the Water For People Committee with their Silent Auction by encouraging every exhibitor to provide an item for the auction. Our goal for 2011 is 100% participation of exhibitors.

Water Taste Test Committee: “Village of Park Forest Competes at ACE 2010” Nora Bertram

The 6th annual National “Best of the Best” Water Taste Contest was held on June 22, 2010 at ACE, in Chicago, Illinois. The State of Illinois was represented by the Village of Park Forest, the winner of the 17th annual Water Taste Contest held at the ISAWWA annual conference. Many utilities entered from all over North America; and, unfortunately, Illinois did not make it to the final round. The eventual winner was the City of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Our sincere congratulations go out to our neighbor to the north. The ISAWWA and the Water Taste Contest committee would like to

congratulate the Village of Park Forest for getting the opportunity to compete at the national level. The Village will be eligible to compete next year in the ISAWWA Water Taste Contest as the defending State champion. Only utilities that produce water and are winners of local water association contests are eligible to compete in the ISAWWA’s Water Taste Contest. Therefore, if you are a water association looking to host a competition and have your winner participate in next year’s 17th annual Water Taste Contest, contact Nora Bertram at AB&H, A Donohue Group at (312) 236-9147.

TOP: Water Taste Test Contest Judges RIGHT: Water Taste Test audience at ACE10

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Water Efficiency Committee Amy Talbot, Chair

Ever wonder how much water goes into making your morning cup of coffee? About 37 gallons if you include the growing and processing of the beans. How about a toilet flush? 1.6-5.0 gallons depending on the year it was made. These hidden and every day uses of water are real, and

they impact the water supply and demand of our communities and businesses. As part of ISAWWA’s dedication to all things water, the Section’s fairly new (about one year old!) Water Efficiency Committee focuses on understanding how water is currently used, as well as promoting ways to improve the efficiency of water systems, households, and businesses. Efficiency provides the same quality of service with less water. This can be achieved through a number of actions including utility water audits, leak detection and repair, high efficiency toilets (HETs), efficient irrigation techniques, and even rate structures. Education and outreach about water efficiency to utilities, elected officials, schools, and the general public to support these actions has become our primary activity. Over the last year, the Committee has attended conferences; promoted events like “Fix a Leak Week”; and hosted several webinars on efficiency related topics. Upcoming

events include a webinar titled “A Model Water Conservation Ordinance and WaterSense” on September 9, 2010 and an Asset Management Workshop on September 17, 2010 with more events to follow! The Committee itself has a variety of members ranging from government employees to private companies to non-profits. If you are interested in becoming a member or in obtaining more information about Committee events, contact Amy Talbot, Chair, at or visit our committee webpage. Amy Talbot currently works for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Over the last three years she has contributed to the recently released Water 2050: Northeastern Illinois Water Supply/Demand Plan, where her focus was on exploring the savings potential of water conservation and efficiency best management practices.

Safety & Emergency Planning Committee: “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorisms Standards (CFATS) Update Eduardo Gasca, Safety and Emergency Planning Committee Member

considered to be at high risk. CFATS defines security requirements based on a list of over 300 chemicals, called (Chemicals of Interest) or COIs. CFATS does not just affect the chemical or petrochemical industries. It also includes sectors such as chemical manufacturing, storage and distribution, energy and utilities, agriculture and food, paints and coatings, explosives, mining, electronics, plastics and healthcare. Even though public water systems and wastewater treatment facilities fall under EPA regulations, the threshold quantities of some COIs may trigger reporting by the Water Sector to comply with CFATS.

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) was created in 2006 to establish security standards for facilities

The August 2, 2010 Chemical & Engineering News issue reported that the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee reported that, during the last week of July, the Senate unanimously approved industry-

backed legislation that would retain the current federal program for safeguarding U.S. chemical facilities against terrorist attacks. The panel adopted amendments proposed by Senator M. Collins that would extend the existing Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorisms Standards (CFATS) by three years to 2013 allowing time to both companies and Department of Homeland Security to fully implement the current program. With the mid-term elections approaching, it seems very unlikely that the Chemical Security legislation will clear Congress this year, and CFATS will probably be extended for another year through the appropriations process and be revisited in 2011. Sources: Extracts from SecurityInfoWatch. com and Chemical & Engineering News, August 2, 2010.

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That morning, while doing the formal introductions prior to starting the event, we thanked several people, but I would like to take this time to thank everyone, again, for making the Sunday morning DEMO. such a fun-filled and exciting event: the City of Chicago and Commissioner Tom Powers, 1st Deputy Commissioner John Spatz, Acting Deputy Commissioner Alan Stark, Chief Operating Engineer Bob Cannatello, Managing Deputy Commissioner Bill Breshnahan, Deputy Commissioner Barrett Murphy, Director of Water Research Andrea Putz, Public Relations Coordinator Tom Laporte, and the City of Chicago Water Department staff for helping us make this Sunday morning DEMO a huge success for everyone to enjoy. Even with shrinking budgets and a sluggish economy, we saw a total of 34 teams compete in the AWWA Annual Water Tapping Contest at ACE10 in Chicago. For all of us, I believe this was a very memorable, exciting, worthwhile experience to be remembered for many years to come. Our Water Tapping Contest Local Host Committee utilized almost 70 volunteers who worked very hard to share their time, muscle, and work experience with us to make sure this year’s contests and demos were both fun and efficiently run. On Friday, June 18 , we as the Local Host Committee worked with the National staff setting up the tapping area at McCormick Place, getting everything ready for not only the National AWWA Tapping Contest, but also for the World Cup Tapping Contest to be held on Sunday. On Sunday morning, our crew met at 6 a.m. at the historic Chicago Water Tower and at 8:30 a.m. performed water tapping contest demo. Along with the tapping contest demo was the meter assembly competition demo. Three water tapping teams participated in this increasing popular event, on a demo basis. We were happy to have the

The Village of Arlington Heights (TOP) and ACE 09 Champions, Tacoma, Washington at the Sunday DEMO (BOTTOM) following teams :The Village of Arlington Heights Team---Mark Mock (Setter), Ryan Holthouse (Cranker), Dave Nordin (Copper), Terry Botterman (Coach) ….The City of Tacoma, Washington Team (ACE 09 Mens Champions)--- Mike McCaffrey (Setter), Geff Yotter (Cranker), Doug Reed (Copper), Bob Dimond (Coach) …The City of Chicago Team---Mike Cericola (Setter), Andrew Anderson (Cranker), John Gaszk (Copper), Patrick Botica (Coach). We attracted a crowd of over 100 people that morning, and made the WGN TV news, besides other National broadcast stations. I know the City of Chicago staff was very happy and excited that we were on the news stations. This demo “kicked off” the Convention and everyone was talking about it! Everyone had a great time, and I’m sure this event will be long remembered.

By the way, here are the teams’ times: The Village of Arlington Heights 1:35:46, no penalties; The City of Tacoma, Washington - 1:21:30, no penalties; the City of Chicago -2:38:72, no penalties. Tim Kite acted as our judge, and Ralph Gross announced the event and did the play-by-play. The sponsors for our morning event were: Water Meters - Sensus Water Meter Company,; Pipe - American Pipe and Foundry’ Copper - Machinists Union Local 126; Refreshments - Frankie’s Scaloppine & Pizzeria; Set-up, Support & Cleanup - City of Chicago, Department of Water Management; and Bleachers - Chicago Park District. In addition, John Donahue, AWWA Vice President, Craig McDonald, ISAWWA Meter Assembly Chair, and Charley Chapman, AWWA Meter Assembly Chair, all played a major role in helping to make the event successful. Later in the afternoon that same day, we were back at McCormick Place for the World Water Cup Tapping Contest with another crew of volunteers. We worked the competition and saw three teams compete. Each team was required to do a water tap the way it is done in each

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of the three countries from which each of them originate. In other words, each team had to do a water tap using the method used in the Netherlands, the method used in the United Kingdom, and the method used here in North America. The three teams competing were: 1) The Netherlands, 2) The United Kingdom, and 3) the AWWA ACE 09 Champions from Tacoma, Washington. To say the least, this was a really interesting event to watch. However, I still prefer our method: we hammer and flare things making it simpler; they have too many parts! (Just kidding!) It was very educational working and watching this event. The Dutch Team, “Water-Net Amsterdam”, took 1st Place, the U.K. Team, “Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water”, took 2nd Place, and the North American Team, “Tacoma, Washington”, took 3rd Place. I enjoyed working with Katie McCain, World Water Cup of Drilling and Tapping Chair. Also, our appreciation goes out to the Village of Arlington Heights, Dennis Bowe, and the Arlington Heights Tapping Team for hosting the International teams. These teams actually got to practice at Arlington Heights Public Works Facility for a couple of days before the World Cup Event. I call that great hospitality, sportsmanship, and a learning experience I am sure no one will ever forget. And this is just part of what our industry is all about! Again, thank you everyone at the Village of Arlington Heights! We then moved on to Monday, which started the preliminaries for the National Water Tapping Contest. As did our volunteers working the World Water Cup, our crews were sporting an eye-catching look wearing their bright orange Water Tapping Contest Volunteer Tee Shirts and Hat. We were the “Pit Crew” and everyone was led by the “Pit Boss” Tim Kite. We worked with the National staff running the contest, 28 TAPPING c o n t . . . S P L A S H September 2010

Left to Right.: Scott Ham, Heidi Ham, Tim Kite “Pit Boss”, Dave Nordin cleaning up in between taps, getting the next taps ready; cutting and removing the used copper, rotating and replacing pipes, and assisting wherever needed. Tuesday was a repeat of Monday, having another crew working that day on more preliminary tapping teams’ times. Wednesday was the Finals. Another crew worked that day; and, at the end of the contest, we broke everything down. Our ISAWWA State Champions, Springfield City Power and Light were in the thick of it, but just could not “pull the trigger” enough to make it to the finals. This year’s winning national teams were: Birmingham Water 1:14:00 (Mens) and Honolulu Board 2:12:47 (Womens).

Since we, as the Local Host Committee, were allowed to keep the scrap copper, collectively we decided to give it to Scott Ham, who worked with us on Tuesday and Wednesday and does relief work overseas. Scott is taking the copper, and its scrap value, to Haiti to help make a difference for the unfortunate people in that country. Scott will be e-mailing us pictures, showing before and after conditions, depicting the difference we will have made for these people. As you can see, our National convention does not only get all of us in our industry together for educational, technical, networking, and fun activities, but we also work to help make a difference, not only here in the United States, but also internationally. This idea of donating the scrap copper actually coincides with our “Water for People” program. Thanks, Scott. We will look forward to hearing from you soon

Wednesday Crew at the Water Tapping Contest at McCormick Place

The City of Chicago Water Tapping Team at the National Competition at McCormick Place

In closing I’d like to say this has been a very rewarding and memorable ACE convention. We had a chance to network, not only with people in our industry from all over the United States, but also internationally. It was great working on the National Water Tapping Contest as the Local Host with a truly dedicated and remarkable group of volunteers. Many worked more than one day, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their time, energy and enthusiasm. Everyone

involved worked hard to make this year’s Water Tapping Contests and demos something everyone will be talking about for many years. It was a lot of work, but we also made it a lot of fun too! Tim Kite, “Pit Boss”, did an incredible job working with me to make the scheduling, notifications and general operations go smoothly. Tim also brought the materials that we used at the Tapping Demo on Sunday morning up from Springfield and hauled everything back after the conference. I can’t tell you what a difference Tim made helping us make this such a success. Thank you, Tim! Thanks also go to Jeff Standridge, National Water Tapping Contest Chair, for allowing us to work harmoniously with his professional staff and make the event enjoyable; and to Ralph Gross, a.k.a. Mr. Microphone, for doing an outstanding job announcing the Water Tapping Contest, and providing the necessary commentary.

Technical Services (A.T.S). And thanks to Ziebell Water Service Products, Water Products Company, Birmingham Water, Mid American Water, Underground Pipe & Valve, and HD Supply Waterworks for donating all the copper tubing.

Sunday Morning at Chicago Water Tower, Tony Cuzzone (left), Ralph Gross (right). At our Local Host Level, I’d like to acknowledge all of our sponsors who donated WD 40, brushes, power cords, repair clamps, buckets, hand cleaner, squeegees, paper towels, duct tape, wooden pegs, and all the other materials necessary: Fischer, Harris Associates, and Associated

And I would be remiss if I didn’t extend very special thanks to our ISAWWA Executive Director Laurie Dougherty and her staff for all their assistance with the scheduling, registering, ordering shirts, hats, and everything else to keep the lists of volunteers in sync with mine. Please take a look at the ISAWWA website at for pictures of us working at the contests, the demos, pictures of the teams in action, and pictures of all the teams’ times. ACE 16 will be returning to Chicago in 2016. Hope to see you there!

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Water for People

Claus Dunkelberg, Chair and Edna Sugden, Vice Chair until the last minute, trying to be the winning bidder. Donation items range from big ticket items such as laptop computers, I-Pods, Blu-Ray DVDs and sporting event tickets to handcrafted items like ravioli dinner, Indiana wine, weekend getaways, and commissioned art. We will, again, be looking for volunteers to assist in making this a success. In addition to fundraising events, the Water for People Committee will hold its annual breakfast. Key goals for the upcoming year include: • Promoting Water for People’s mission through informational talks. The ISAWWA Water for People Committee has been focusing on various activities. Our monthly Committee conference calls have generated some great new ideas for fund raising; and some of these ideas have become reality. Ideas for fund raising events being generated include biking events, karaoke, wine tasting and running events. With the creative individuals within the water industry, we are sure that additional creative event ideas exist. If you have a thought please contact us. We have also started a speaker’s bureau where canned presentations are available along with a list of potential speakers. This is a key component to be able to spread the word of our mission and strategic goals. Feel free to visit the ISAWWA website for the link.

The ISAWWA Water for People Committee will be focusing on previously successful events for the 2011 Annual Conference to raise monies for this worthwhile cause. Efforts may include the Silent Auction and 50-50 Raffle. Through the generosity of attendees and exhibitors, tens of thousands of dollars over the years have been raised to help bring clean water to thousands of people in developing countries! As we all have heard, one child dies every 15 seconds due to a lack of clean water. IT IS NOT TOO SOON TO START PREPARING FOR THE SILENT AUCTION!!! As in past years, the Silent Auction is anticipated to start on Tuesday and end on Wednesday. Bidders circle the auction items in the Exhibit Hall

• Developing a network of volunteers for broadcasting and fundraising throughout Illinois. • Expanding the committee and energizing current committee members. Moving forward, Claus Dunkelberg and Edna Sugden look forward to working with present and new Committee members. However you decide to support Water for People, your participation will always be the key to our success! Again, THANK YOU to all those who donated and to all of the volunteers that helped make the events at this year’s ISAWWA annual conference a success for Water for People.

Video: “Illinois drinking water - safe, reliable, secure” Illinois Section of American Water Works Association is offering access to an 11-minute video titled “Illinois Drinking Water – Safe, Reliable, Secure”. The video, which focuses on the water cycle, water treatment and distribution, and environmental initiatives, can be found at or by visiting the following links:

PART ONE: watch?v=vXom1ObYI5c PART TWO: watch?v=jxJixqr4G2U

The video provides information that would add to classroom curriculum pertaining to the water cycle and water treatment. It is also helpful to water utilities when explaining the importance of investing in water systems and environmental efforts. If anyone would like a DVD, they should email

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worked for the Massachusetts State Board of Health for five years following a year spent at the University of Berlin working with the engineer of the Berlin water works. While with the Board of Health, Fuller was in charge of the Lawrence Experiment Station, working to develop ways to treat the growing volume of wastewater. At that time, the Station was recognized as the leader in research on the purification of water supplies and treatment of sewage in the country.

Annually, each section of the American Water Works Association is requested to select a member of that section to receive the prestigious George Warren Fuller Award. This is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a water industry professional. Perhaps there is someone you have worked with who is worthy of this award and should be nominated. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2010; and the nomination form can be accessed and submitted on line at To qualify for the Fuller Award, the recipient must be a member of the Illinois Section AWWA. The award is intended to honor an individual for their distinguished service to the water supply industry in commemoration of the sound engineering skills, diplomatic talent and constructive leadership which characterized the life of George Warren Fuller. George Warren Fuller was born in 1868 in Franklin, Massachusetts; graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1890; and

In 1895 Fuller was selected to take over the filtration experiments for the Louisville Water Company, where he studied the suitability of various processes that might prove adaptable to purifying turbid waters such as the Ohio River. The report of these studies opened up a new era of water purification practice and demonstrated the ability of coagulation and rapid sand filtration to handle muddy and highly variable waters. The studies demonstrated the importance of effective coagulation and sedimentation prior to filtration. Following his research in Louisville, Fuller conducted similar experiments in Cincinnati before he established a consulting engineering firm in New York. During his 34 years of practice, Fuller advised more than 150 cities, commissions and corporations on major water supply and sewerage improvements. During his career he was chairmen of a board of experts advising the Sanitary District of Chicago regarding problems involved in disposing of its sewage, which ultimately led to the reversing of the Chicago River. One of the most significant of Fuller’s characteristics was his belief in organization and his devotion to standards. As chairman of the Council of Standardization of AWWA,


he was responsible for the successful publication of the Manual of Water Works Practice in 1925. Fuller is also a past president of AWWA. George Warren Fuller was, first of all, a capable engineer, equipped with a mind that never closed a channel to new ideas. He was an inventive technician, first in the laboratory and later in engineering and design. He was a skilled negotiator, a public relations counsel who was able to persuade reluctant city officials that they were wise and right to authorize sanitary improvements. Upon his death in 1934, Fuller was honored for his “understanding, kindliness, sound judgment and tact.” While George Warren Fuller’s career established a record that is difficult to equal, water professionals make contributions to public health and safety through their daily work. There is probably someone you have admired for their commitment to the advancement of the water industry; perhaps in a very small way, but nevertheless effectively. The Illinois Section Fuller Award Committee is looking for worthy nominees to receive the 2011 George Warren Fuller Award. The form that appears below can be accessed at the Illinois Section website (www.isawwa. org) and submitted electronically or completed and faxed to 866-521-3591.


George Warren Fuller Award Nomination form

Please fill out the following form and submit via fax to ISAWWA, 866-521-3591 or email to Fuller Award Committee Chair, Jeff Fischer, Deadline for submittals: December 1, 2010 Questions? Call 866-521-3595 Nominee’s name: Nominee’ title: Mailing address: Phone: Email address: Eligibility/Justification - Please provide details of the nominees distinguished service in the water supply field which entitle him/her to this award:

Submitted by: Submitted by address: Submitted by phone: Submitted by email: Date submitted: The Fuller Award Committee is seeking nominations for the award to be presented in 2011. The Fuller Award is presented to members who are being recognized for their distinguished service to the water supply field. The person must be an Individual Member or duly appointed representative of an organization member of AWWA. Please take the time to recognize a fellow Illinois Section member who has exhibited talent and leadership and whose contributions to the water supply industry characterize the life of George Warren Fuller. GEORGE W ARREN FULLER A W ARD NOMINATION FORM 33 Illinois Section American Water Works Association

Source Water Protection Robyn Doescher, Chair

Upper Mississippi River Monitoring Network Update – This multi-agency project, sponsored by USEPA, is

designed to provide drinking water utilities on the Upper Mississippi River with an advanced warning network in case there is an accidental or deliberate release of harmful chemicals into the water. There are currently 23 public water supplies on the Upper Mississippi River, about a dozen of which are located in Illinois. The monitoring network currently includes three active stations in Minnesota and one in Iowa. Each station features the use of fresh water mussels as bio-monitors, along with a YSI probe and Spectrophotometer to measure additional parameters. All of the equipment is connected to a computer and telemetry to support off-site data sharing and storage. Current project efforts are focused on the installation of an additional station above the Quad Cities, which will benefit Moline, East

Moline, Rock Island and the Rock Island Arsenal water supplies. Efforts are also focused on obtaining funding to support continued operation and expansion of the network, as the original 2-year grant has been expended. Upper Mississippi River Basin Association – UMBRA’s Water Quality Task Force conducted a UMR related work session on July 20th. The teleconference examined nutrient occurrence and impacts on the Upper Mississippi River. UMBRA intends to include information regarding the impact nutrients have on water supplies relying on the Mississippi River in their assessment efforts. District #1 Trustee, Greg Swanson, was planning to participate and serve as a liaison for the Source Water Committee and Mississippi drinking water utilities.

Expansion Project Begins at Historic Water Treatment Plant in Illinois Construction is under way on a Black & Veatch-designed plant expansion and upgrade project at the 120-yearold Main Station Water Treatment Plant operated by Illinois American Water in Peoria, Ill. Black & Veatch provided design engineering and will also provide construction-phase engineering services for the project. The plant will remain in operation during construction of the new facilities, which include a new ultraviolet (UV) disinfection facility and a chlorine contact chamber. The UV disinfection facility will be only the second of its kind in Illinois. The water system in Peoria is

the largest in the State to be permitted by the Illinois EPA for disinfection credits using UV. In addition, the expansion will nearly double the plant’s reliable capacity, from 9.7 million gallons per day (MGD) to 17.5 MGD. The improvements, along with the addition of chloramines, will enhance water quality to meet future regulatory requirements by minimizing disinfection byproduct formation within the distribution system. Built in 1890, the Main Station Water Treatment Plant facilities reflect the Romanesque Revival architectural style

and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Black & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, and management consulting, federal and environmental markets. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops tailored infrastructure solutions that meet clients’ needs and provide sustainable benefits.. With $2.7 billion in revenue, the employee-owned company has more than 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents.

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Visitation day registration form Registration Deadline: September 28, 2010

Illinois Section AWWA & Gateway Regional Water Company

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CEU credits will be available for Program-Contact Jack Hendrick for more information Mail completed Registration Form along with check made out to: Gateway Regional Water Company, Inc., 1120 Tonti Road, Sandoval, Illinois 62882 Phone: 18-775-1004 | Fax: 618-775-1014 Hotel Accommodations: Salem Super 8 @ 118 Woods Lane; Salem (618) 548-5882 (rooms are $53.09 plus tax) Comfort Inn & Suites @ 1800 W. Main; Salem (618) 548-2177 or (800) 228-5150 (rooms are $67.72 plus tax) Salem Inn @ 1812 W. Main; Salem (618) 548-4212 (rooms are $57.60 plus tax)

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Surviving the Recession Survey Results

William J. Soucie, Laboratory Supervisor, Central Lake County JAWA affected your water production in the past three years?” •70% cite weather conditions. •55% cite decreased commercial and industrial water use. •47% view water conserving devices as a contributor to decreased production. •45% cite consumers striving to use less water. •45% cite home vacancies.

The impact of decreasing water demand and revenue faced by many water utilities was recently investigated in a survey of Illinois and Wisconsin water suppliers. The survey was inspired by the Water Research Foundation (WRF) publication titled “Surviving or Thriving in Economic Recession: Strategies of Water Utility Leaders”, and published in 2009. The survey was sent via email to all ISAWWA members, West Shore Water Producers, and select utilities in neighboring states during March 2010. Fifty-one responses were received; 36 from Illinois, 7 from Wisconsin and the balance from Michigan, Indiana, and Iowa. The median utility size was 12.1 MGD serving 41,500 people. The responses were as follows: •80% report declining water production between 2007 and 2009. •61% expect less than normal water production in 2010 while 37% anticipate normal production. •78% state that reduced water production has hurt their financial budgets. The specific factors affecting water production is not readily apparent in all communities. This is evidenced by the wide variety of responses to the survey question, “What specific factors have 38 Surviving the recession survey results S P L A S H September 2010

In this survey, weather conditions are clearly viewed as the primary cause of decreased water production. However, increased water efficiency is cited in the 2010 WRF publication titled “North America Residential Water Usage Trends Since 1992” as a primary reason water production has declined over the long term. Nationally, it is estimated that per person annual average consumption has declined 0.44% per year over the past 30 years. More locally, Wisconsin Public Service Commission data demonstrate a 720 gallon decrease per customer for each of the past 16 years they examined. A survey of Louisville Water Company (LWC) customers found that only 17% of customers had water conserving toilets, 12% had water conserving clothes washers, 14% had water conserving faucets while 79% had water saving shower heads. Together these data suggest declines will continue as low flow appliances and other water saving devices continue to be employed. The effect on reduced water production is apparent in utility budgets. Utilities have taken many actions to increase revenues including: •78% of utilities have adjusted their water rate structure in the past three years. •20% have enhanced revenue collection. •17% are seeking additional revenue sources. Utilities have taken many more actions to reduce expenses over the preceding three years. Non-employee related

expense reductions include: •84% are delaying or re-evaluating capital expenditures. •65% are delaying equipment purchases. •39% are increasing water loss controls. •39% are optimizing treatment chemical use. •37% are reducing contingency funds. •35% are reducing capital improvement financing. •31% are applying for state and federal loans. •22% are increasing the use of automation. •Less than 15% are also reducing or renegotiating outside service contacts, restructuring debt, consolidating computer servers, benchmarking, reducing organizational insurance coverage, reducing fleet size, reducing customer outreach, and using lower cost water sources. Over the past three years, employee related expenses have also being reduced at many utilities as follows: •43% have instituted pay freezes. •41% have eliminated positions. •37% have instituted hiring freezes. •33% have reduced paid overtime. •29% have reduced health benefits. •23% have instituted mandatory furlough days. •19% are making strides to improve workforce capability. •13% report no changes have been instituted. •6% report pay reductions. •6% report reduced work week. •4% are using voluntary furloughs. It is clear that the utilities responding to this survey are suffering from both reduced water production and revenue. They are taking actions to increase revenue and reduce expenses. Many have also had to increase water rates. While most believe that weather has played a major role in decreased water production, national trends indicate additional erosion in household water demand is due to water conserving devices and appliances.

2010 Jack W. Hoffbuhr Award Presented to Laurie Dougherty numerous letters from Illinois Section leaders, both past and present, citing the many contributions Laurie has made to the Section during her tenure as Executive Director.

Illinois Section Executive Director, Laurie Dougherty was awarded the first Jack W. Hoffbuhr Award at ACE10 in Chicago this past June. The AWWA Nominating Committee received

The Jack W. Hoffbuhr Award is awarded annually to recognize outstanding performance and accomplishments by a section staff member of AWWA. To qualify, Laurie had to show continuous dedication above and beyond the normal duties to section business by demonstrating loyalty, reliability, responsibility, leadership, and excellent service to the membership of the Illinois Section. In addition, the successful candidate must be viewed as a team player and a good communicator. As anyone from the Illinois Section can attest, this award must have been developed with Laurie in mind. Section leaders were quoted to say, “The

Illinois Section has thrived under her leadership, our educational programs have increased exponentially to the benefit of the entire water works industry”, “her skills as an organizer, facilitator and, at times, a referee have made my volunteer activities with the Section a rewarding experience”, and “Laurie is deeply committed to the success of AWWA, particularly at the Section level; and she works tirelessly to ensure the realization of the goals and objectives established by the Section Board of Directors”. These comments are just some examples of the value Laurie has brought to the Illinois Section during the past 18 years. Congratulations Laurie, on a job very well done! Although we certainly hope you won’t’ be done for many more years. Thank you for all of your contributions towards the success of the Illinois Section AWWA.

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Small Systems Committee: “New Weblinks For Operator Resources” Steve Wilson, Small Systems Committee Member

Midwest Technology Assistance Center (MTAC). It’s a really useful site for finding operator resources available for free on the Internet, and I’m going to describe more about it below.

The Small Systems Committee continues its efforts toward serving small systems. At the annual conference, the Small Systems Committee hosted a “meetand-greet” for small systems. It was a chance for operators to get together and network. And if you haven’t checked it out yet, please take a look at the small systems committee page on the ISAWWA portal. Get there by moving your mouse over “association”, then onto “committees”, and then click on “Small Systems” in the committee list. There you will find some basic information about the committee, its members and goals, and two useful links to resources for small system operators. The link to the small system committee page is: http:// Committees/SmallSystems.aspx The first link listed on the committee page is to the newly redone small systems page on the National AWWA homepage. AWWA recently hired a new small systems director (see the January OpFlow), Ken Mercer, and he is actively developing resources for small systems members. The second link, to, is a new operator resource being developed at the Illinois State Water Survey – University of Illinois, with a grant provided by the 40 S ma l l S y s t ems C o mm i t t ee S P L A S H September 2010

For a little over a year, the Illinois State Water Survey has been developing a new web resource for operators of small water and wastewater systems. The website,, has links to nearly 10,000 documents, and also includes a National calendar of events that lists training, meetings, and conferences for nearly 800 organizations. The plan for the website is to link to every available free document, computer program, and webpage on the Internet that might be useful to operators, all at one location. Equally as important, the website has a simple interface and filtering system to make locating those resources extremely easy. The project employs a number of University of Illinois students who search the Internet for useful resources and create the database of searchable information on water and wastewater topics that you will find on the website. This type of website is sorely needed, especially by small system operators. MTAC funded a survey of Illinois operators in 2006 which found that in very small systems, the average operator spends less than 25% of his/her time as a water operator, and they typically have a salary (for their water operator duties) of $10,000 or less. Many of the smallest systems have operators that have other full time jobs, and they are taking training, studying for recertification, etc, at night or taking vacation time from their full time jobs to meet those obligations. Searching the web isn’t something they, or any of us, generally have a lot of time to do. By creating a website that allows easy access to a wealth of free resources without any advertising or subscription fees, it saves operators significant search time and frustration. Because the searches are only using the database of

information created for the website, only helpful, free resources are returned in any search results. These documents and information are all found publicly available on the Internet, but who has time to search 800 different websites to hopefully find precisely what they are looking for? Another real benefit users encounter when using is that all of the links have value added to them. What that means is that along with the title and link to the document, a link to the host of the document, and a summary of the document, keywords have been assigned to each document record, and each record is cataloged in a number of ways that allow a person searching the database to find the most relevant results. For instance, documents are cataloged by type (CD/program/spreadsheet, manual/ handbook, factsheet/case study, form/ template, reports, slides/presentations, or website list), category (to name a few, asset management, DBP’s, lead and copper, monitoring, certification and training, source water, security/ emergency response, etc.), and also by state and hosting organization. This allows users to narrow their initial search results. So, if a search is performed for “asset management” and there are 500 documents returned as matches, the results can be further filtered by specifying a type, such as CD/program/ spreadsheet. The list will be narrowed to only those records related to asset management that are of that type. There is also a keyword search that allows users to narrow down search results even further. The keyword search can be used with the standard filters or by itself. For instance, typing “consolidation” in the keyword search by itself returns 19 results specifically related to consolidation in water/wastewater operations. The value of the website is really clear when you search for information on a

particular topic, because not only will you find resources that are available from organizations and primacy agencies in Illinois, but you will also have access to information from those same types of groups in other states. Perhaps, you have an issue that isn’t very common in Illinois, so the State doesn’t have a lot of information available about it, but in a different state it is a really common issue. In all likelihood, you will find very helpful information from the other state where it’s a common issue for their operators. In addition to the documents you can find on the site, there is a national training calendar that is searchable by state, making it easy to see what organizations in Illinois have training or events that are beneficial for operators. The website has an email address and toll free phone

number that users can call/write to request information or ask questions about the site. If you are looking for help on a particular topic and you can’t find what you are looking for, someone there will look into it for you. What has been compiled is the largest single list of free resources for water and wastewater operators available on the web. In doing so, they are, in fact, assisting the 800 or so organizations that have helpful resources in getting their information out to operators. is really a partner to all of these organizations, including ISAWWA., by making it easier for operators to find out about the organization and the resources and training they provide. I encourage you to check out the website.

There are two very short videos at the bottom of the homepage that show you how to get started and take you through example searches of the document database and the events calendar. More features are still being added, including a forum for operators to share information and ask questions. Eventually, a webpage geared toward recent high school graduates, focusing on careers in the water/wastewater industry, will be developed. Lastly, they are interested in your feedback. If you have any suggestions for the website, or ideas of things that you would like to see on the website, contact them and let them know. was developed to serve operators and the best way to make it more useful is to let them know what things you, as an operator, would like to be able to find on the website.

Illinois Public Service Institute Stephen K. Page, Committee Chair

with topics like Managing Change, Strategic Planning, Creative Problem Solving, and Communicating under Pressure. It is a threeyear one-week-per-year program, generally the first full week in October, were you will gather with individuals in the public service field to share your experiences and learn how to deal with the problems you face. The speakers are excellent, knowledgeable individuals who are well known in the field of public works.

The Illinois Public Service Institute may be just what you need in tough times. The economy has had a significant effect on many of our communities - budgets are tight, and many of us are faced with more responsibilities. IPSI teaches you how to deal with many of the problems we face

In 2011, ISAWWA will award a $500 scholarship towards tuition for each year, a total of $1500 for the three-year IPSI program. The money will be paid to your employer, unless you have paid for the program, in which event reimbursement will be made to you. It is the ISAWWA’s intention to sponsor you for the threeyear program; therefore, you should apply with the intention of committing to the three years. The Illinois Public Service Institute may be started any year even though it is a three year program. Following are the criteria for application.

•You must be a member of AWWA. •You must submit your application to the ISAWWA IPSI Committee for review before June 1st of the year you plan on attending. •Your application shall include a letter of intent, including why you should be considered for sponsorship. •You will be required to submit a letter each year giving your opinion of the program and how it has helped you. The scholarship committee would like a short explanation of why you are applying for the scholarship, and how this course will help you in your career. We’re not looking for an essay, a paragraph on each part (the why and the how) will be sufficient. Be sure to include the fact that you are a member of ISAWWA. You’re not going to be judged on grammar we just want to know who and why. Include a completed registration form that will hold a spot for you while the scholarship is being considered. For additional information, you can contact me at S m a l l s y s t e m s c o n t . . . • i p s i 41

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Perchlorate: A Potential Water Quality Concern with the Use of Liquid Sodium Hypochlorite Amos Au1

that is commonly used in industrial processes to manufacture road flares, fireworks, and rocket propellant. The major concern about perchlorate in drinking water has been focused on contamination from these industrial processes. However, recent studies have detected perchlorate at elevated levels in hypochlorite solution. What is the health concern for perchlorate? The major health concern for perchlorate is its interference with iodine uptake into the thyroid gland. As a result, perchlorate could affect the ability of the thyroid to produce hormones that regulate many body functions. More than one third of drinking water treatment plants in the United Stated use bulk hypochlorite for disinfection and oxidation. Due to security and safety concerns, more and more water utilities currently using gaseous chlorine are also considering a switch from gaseous chlorine to hypochlorite. While it is a proven, effective disinfectant and oxidant, there are several water quality concerns associated with hypochlorite. One of these concerns is related to perchlorate, which has been detected in hypochlorite solution. The brief answers to the following questions reflect the current industry understanding of perchlorate, its relationship to hypochlorite, and how to minimize hypochlorite-associated perchlorate levels in finished water for utilities using hypochlorite as a treatment chemical. What is perchlorate? Perchlorate (ClO4-) is an inorganic anion with one chlorine atom bound to four oxygen atoms in tetrahedral configuration. It is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical

•Is there a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perchlorate? Currently, there is no federal MCL for perchlorate in drinking water. In 2008, the USEPA published a preliminary decision to NOT regulate perchlorate. After reviewing comments and conducting further analyses, the USEPA decided in 2009 to re-evaluate its notto-regulate decision and is now in the process of deciding whether to regulate perchlorate or not. Some states have already set a MCL or action level for perchlorate. Massachusetts promulgated a MCL of 2 µg/L in 2006, and California enforced a MCL of 6 µg/L in 2007. New Jersey is considering a recommended standard of 5µg/L. New York and Nevada have established an action level of 18µg/L. Maryland, Arizona and New Mexico have adopted guidance criteria, ranging from 1 to 14µg/L. Why would sodium hypochlorite solution contain perchlorate? Perchlorate can be formed through auto-decomposition of hypochlorite solution. This is a two-step process. In

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the first step, auto-decomposition of hypochlorite (OCl-) forms chlorate ions (ClO3-). In the second step, the reaction of hypochlorite with chlorate ions forms perchlorate. The reactions can be shown as follows: 3OCl- → ClO3- + 2ClOCl- + ClO3- → ClO4- + ClWhat is the typical level of perchlorate in hypochlorite solution? The level of perchlorate depends on many site-specific factors. A recent nationwide survey indicated that perchlorate levels in hypochlorite solutions directly taken from manufacturers ranged from below detection limit to about 30µg/L. Based on these results and the typical hypochlorite doses used in water treatment plants, it would seem that the contribution of hypochlorite-associated perchlorate to finished water would be insignificant. However, just as the decay of hypochlorite solution is a continuous process, formation of perchlorate is also a continuous process. More and more perchlorate could be formed as the hypochlorite solution ages. For example, a case study at a water treatment plant in Massachusetts indicated that newly delivered hypochlorite solution contained 0.2 µg/L of perchlorate, but levels increased to about 7,000 µg/L after storing for 26 days. What are the major sitespecific factors affecting the formation of perchlorate from hypochlorite solution, and what can water utilities do to minimize hypochloriteassociated perchlorate concentration? Major factors include the following: ► Time The longer the storage time, the more hypochlorite will decay and more

perchlorate will be formed. Water utilities can minimize the storage time of their hypochlorite solution to reduce the contribution of perchlorate to finished water due to a combination of two effects: 1) reduction of perchlorate formation rate; and 2) reduction of the volume of hypochlorite needed to feed into treatment processes because of the higher level of chlorine available from the lesser-decay hypochlorite solution. ► Concentration (strength) of hypochlorite solution The more concentrated the hypochlorite solution, the more perchlorate will be formed. Water utilities can consider diluting their stored hypochlorite solution upon delivery. Note that the benefit of reducing perchlorate through dilution is not linear. A recent study indicated that a dilution factor of 2 will reduce the formation of perchlorate by a factor of 7. This means that, although higher volume of the diluted hypochlorite solution will be fed into the treatment processes, the overall perchlorate concentration in the finished water will be lower than the undiluted condition. ► pH A pH range of 11 to 13 is the optimal pH at which contribution of hypochloriteassociated perchlorate will be at a minimum. Utilities should include this pH range in their specifications for hypochlorite solution. They also should take this pH impact into account if dilution is applied to their stored hypochlorite solution, as mentioned above.


► Concentration of transition metals in hypochlorite solution The presence of trace amounts of transition metals such as nickel, iron, copper, manganese and cobalt will enhance the decomposition rate of hypochlorite but retard the formation rate of perchlorate. Overall, in most cases, the concentration of perchlorate in finished water could be higher when using hypochlorite solution containing higher levels of transition metals. This is because more hypochlorite solution will be needed to provide the same chlorine dose. Water utilities may check with their suppliers on the amount of transition metals in hypochlorite solution or consider purchasing filtered hypochlorite solution, which typically has a lower level of transition metals. ► Temperature The lower the temperature, the lower the formation rate of perchlorate from hypochlorite solution. A recent study indicated that every 5oC reduction in storage temperature will reduce the formation rate of perchlorate by a factor of 2. Temperature control at storage facilities is, therefore, a tool to reduce perchlorate formation from hypochlorite solution, although this may not always be practical for some utilities. How can perchlorate be removed once it has formed? Direct removal of perchlorate contributed from hypochlorite solution is not considered a feasible option

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because chlorination, in most cases, is the final step of a utility’s multiplebarrier system. Nevertheless, treatment processes that can be used to remove perchlorate include ion exchange (perchlorate is an anion), biological treatment (perchlorate can serve as an electron acceptor when microorganisms oxidize common carbon substrate), and membrane processes such as reverse osmosis and nanofiltration. Should water utilities avoid using hypochlorite because of perchlorate concerns? The fact that hypochlorite may contain perchlorate should not stop water utilities from using hypochlorite solution. Water utilities can always minimize hypochlorite-associated perchlorate through proper design, purchase, storage, and operation procedures. Note: The discussions on major factors affecting formation of perchlorate from hypochlorite solution are mainly based on a Water Research Foundation report entitled “Hypochlorite – An Assessment of Factors that Influence the Formation of Perchlorate and Other Contaminants,” published in 2009. (1) Amos Au is a Water Process Specialist with Greeley and Hansen (Chicago, IL) and is a member of the firm’s Water Technology Group. He can be reached at 312-558-9000 or


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Regional Meeting of Section Officers Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota - April 16 and 17 Dennis Ross, Chair Elect

This was the third RMSO I have attended on behalf of the Section. As with the first two, this was no disappointment. The meetings were held in Minneapolis over a Friday and half a day Saturday. The benefits to attending these meetings are many. Without a doubt the greatest benefit is sharing ideas, getting new ideas and meeting with members of other sections in our geographic area of the country. The amount of AWWA experience in the room is mind boggling. The room was full of AWWA support staff, officers and section volunteers - each had something to share and something to learn. Presentations were given on “Life After the Affiliation Agreement”. Region 3 is the first region to have all of the sections sign the agreement. Information was given on maintaining

our tax exempt status and the importance of copyrights and credits in printed materials. Partnering activities and guidelines were identified. Each section shared their partnering experiences, highlighting both what went right and what went wrong. The single most important item in any partnering effort is having a clear written agreement prior to starting. The importance of protecting our intellectual property was yet another topic. Identifying what is intellectual property is, of course, the first step. From there we covered why it should be protected and how. Several templates were provided to help with each of these steps, and cooperative business agreements were presented. National AWWA is currently publishing the newsletters for Iowa and Alaska. While this is an offer being made by AWWA, each section will have to review the pros and cons for the section, before deciding if they should enter into a similar agreement. Membership recruitment was discussed. The importance of retaining our existing members and attracting new members is vital for the Section and for AWWA National. It is paramount that we, at the section level, keep this issue in our sights. When we see a drop in membership we must take a look at making adjustments in our services to better retain members. National is continuing to research the different levels of membership with the hope of creating a more simplistic system. No RMSO would be complete without a Washington update, which was

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presented by Jerry Stevens. Without going into great detail I can say it is comforting to know that, through AWWA, we have a voice in Washington. However, that voice can only be effective if we, as a section and as individuals, speak to our elected officials when issues arise. The CEO for Water For People made an excellent presentation on their progress. There is no way I can do this presentation justice within the space of this overview. I would encourage everyone to go to the web site and find out for yourself why this group is like no other. It is simply amazing! Friday night was a fantastic social event. All of the attendees from RMSO, were treated to a Water for People benefit concert. I would have never believed I would enjoy watching a local operator perform as Elvis. I will just say he had as much fun as we did, and the ladies really seemed to enjoy it! Elvis was followed by a fantastic cover band. The entire evening was the result of a ton of work done by the Minnesota Section, and their work clearly paid off. Early numbers showed that this event raised $9,000 for Water for People. Based on my experiences, I would strongly encourage all members of the ISAWWA Board to consider attending a RMSO meeting while they are on our Board. Next year’s meeting will be hosted by the South Dakota Section, and will be held in the Black Hills region also known as Rapid City.

ACE 2010 Meter Madness. . . From a competitor’s point of view Cliff Runyard, ISAWWA Meter Madness Champion 2010

you get your practice meter and try it a couple times, you find that it’s a little harder than you thought. My first year competing at the State level was 2009, and I was lucky enough to get 4th place. But what I really enjoyed was meeting all the fellow water operators from around the State. I was able to talk to them about our everyday work. I discovered that, quite often, they have the same challenges in their towns as I do, so I was also able to hear different solutions to our common problems.

The Meter Madness experience was very exciting and fun. When I was first asked if I wanted to participate in Meter Madness, I thought it might be fun and that it wouldn’t be that difficult. After

This year was an automatic “yes” for competing again at the ISAWWA annual conference in Springfield. I had so much fun last year, I couldn’t say no. Then, to actually win the competition was outstanding, and came with the added benefit of being able to represent the Illinois Section in the National Meter Madness Competition.

2010 Meter Madness winner, Cliff Runyard (center) at the ISAWWA Annual Conference & Expo in March 2010 alongside AWWA Vice President, Debbie Kaye and ISAWWA Meter Madness Chair, Craig McDonald.

The number of competitors at Nationals was twice as much as at the State competition. After watching the first round, I realized there were a lot of people much faster then me. My fastest time ever was topped by two people just in the first round. The finals came down to one person getting a penalty for a loose bolt. Otherwise, it would have been a tie. I highly recommend competing in the Meter Madness competition at least once – at least at the State level. It’s always a great experience and a good chance to meet different people while having fun. And, if you win the State competition, it automatically advances you to the National competition at the AWWA annual conference, with your costs to attend the conference subsidized by the Illinois Section.

Meter Assembly Contest competitors at ACE10 in Chicago

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Visitation Day – July 2010: Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency William J. Soucie, Laboratory Supervisor and Robert Taylor, Finance Director

After the “skill” prizes were awarded, a raffle for door prizes followed. Thanks to the many generous sponsors over 20 dinner attendees received prizes that consisted of Golf Galaxy gift cards and various golf attire and trinkets. The winner of the putting contest, sponsored by Dixon Engineering, was announced by Mari Anne Martin. With 34 golfers participating. Kevin Wong won the putting contest, and Water for People received a donation.

Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency was pleased to host this year’s first Visitation Day on July 15 and 16. The two-day event consisted of a golf outing on Thursday and technical presentations and plant tours on Friday. Steeple Chase Golf Club hosted the golf outing. A Ken Killian design in a beautiful setting amid natural hills, lakes, woods, and wetlands in Mundelein, it was the perfect setting for the 40 golfers who participated in the outing. Although the forecast was not promising, the golf gods managed to keep the rain away. The day’s events began with a continental breakfast sponsored by Carus Chemical Corporation and the law firm of Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni, and Krafthefer, P.C. and provided an opportunity for a little water industry networking. The golfers then hit the first tee and had foursome pictures taken by Laurie Dougherty, Executive Director, and John Smith, Chair of the Illinois Section. This was followed by each participant having a video taken of their first drive (check out YouTube). After nine holes were completed, each golfer was provided with a boxed lunch and an opportunity to participate in a putting contest sponsored by Dixon

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Engineering and run by Dixon’s Mari Anne Martin. This was a fundraiser for Water for People. Following the lunch break, it was nine more holes of golf in the heat and humidity. All the golfers survived and enjoyed telling golf stories while cooling off in the clubhouse after the 18th hole. The day concluded with a chicken and rib buffet followed by golf awards. The first place team, with a 3 under par (69), consisted of Colby Basham, John Boll, Gene Rabent, and Kevin Wong. Three teams came in with a 2 under (70). A scorecard playoff was used to determine second and third place. With a birdie on the hardest hole on the course, the team of Donald Bratschie, Terry McGhee, Darrell Blenniss, and Bob Taylor was determined to be the second place finishers. And, with a par on the second hardest hole on the course, the team of Maria Klasinski, Larry McNamee, Russ Rietveld, and Don Leicht finished third. There were individual contests of closest to the pin on holes #5 and #11 and longest putt on holes #9 and #18. The winners for the closest to the pin were Tim Farrell and Kevin Wong. The longest putt winners were Bob Taylor and Colby Basham.

On Friday, CLCJAWA hosted Visitation Day at their Paul M. Neal Water Treatment Plant in Lake Bluff. M.E. Simpson sponsored the morning breakfast enjoyed by more than 70 attendees from throughout the State. Tours of the treatment process were conducted by CLCJAWA’s capable staff. They explained JAWA’s treatment process which includes primary disinfection using ozone, inclined plate settling, biological filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, and final disinfection using sodium hypochlorite. Another highlight of the tour was JAWA’s relatively new mechanical sludge dewatering facility. These processes fostered Q&A like: Q. Why do you use ozone? A. Ozone provides pre-disinfection, taste and odor control, and improves filtered water turbidity. Q. How often do you replace the granular activated carbon in the filters? A. The carbon is 18 years old and has never been replaced. The carbon is used to house bacteria that, in turn, consume organic compounds from the water. About 0.5” of media is lost per year, so this year we began to replenish carbon in the normally 4’ deep carbon beds. Q. Why do you use ultraviolet disinfection? A. UV fulfills the multiple disinfection barrier water treatment approach. It

also inactivates any bacteria present in biological filter effluent. Q. Does the sodium hypochlorite degrade noticeably during storage? A. Bleach at CLCJAWA is kept indoors at room temperature and is protected from the sun. It is typically used in less than one month. Degradation of the bleach concentration over time is not noticeable. Following the tours, two presentations were provided to attendees and those who needed CEU’s. The first presentation was titled, “Our Fresh

Water Ocean”. It discussed the history and geology of our nation’s largest lake, Lake Michigan. The second presentation titled “Surviving the Recession 2010” discussed a survey of more than 50 water treatment plants in Illinois. In general, the survey found that more than 80% of area water treatment plants are suffering from declining water sales and nearly all are taking extraordinary measures to balance their budgets. Visitation Day ended with a terrific lunch co-sponsored by Drydon Equipment

and CDM followed by award of raffle prizes from Bass Pro, gift cards, and cash stuffed into coliform bottles. Not surprisingly, Bass Pro items went quickly until Ray Ames (Wilmette – Retired) took a chance on a coliform bottle and unrolled a $50 bill wrapped deceptively inside a $1 bill. We look forward to this year’s second Visitation Day, which will be hosted by Gateway Regional Water Company on October 6 and 7 near Salem, Illinois. Look for additional information and the registration form in this issue of Splash. LEFT TOP: 1st place team, Gene Rabent, Colby Basham, Kevin Wong and John Boll LEFT MIDDLE: 2nd place team, Bob Taylor, Terry McGhee, Darrell Blenniss and Donald Bratschie LEFT BOTTOM: 3rd place team, Larry McNamee, Russ Rietveld, Maria Klasinsk, and Don Leicht RIGHT TOP: CLCJAWA RIGHT BOTTOM: Mari Anne Martin with Dixon Engineering helping with WFP fundraiser putting contest

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Young Professionals Steering Committee Andrea Putz, Chair

Young Professionals brave tornado warning to bowl! The Young Professionals had an exciting time here in Chicago helping host the AWWA’s ACE 2010. To show Illinois’ hospitality, the AWWA and Illinois Section AWWA Young Professionals Committees hosted a reception at Lucky Strike bowling that was open to all water industry professionals. Of course, as often happens in Chicago, there was a sudden shift in weather and a tornado warning was called just as the event was about to begin. But storms or no storms, we had a great turnout, even from out of State folks! Everyone got soaked from walking even the shortest distance in the rain, but the food was plentiful and the bowling was a blast.

Danville Water Treatment Plant & Sanitary District Tour On Friday, July 30th, the Young Professionals hosted a tour of the 14 MGD Danville Water Treatment Plant & 16-MGD Sanitary District in Danville, IL. We had 10 water professionals attend and they were able to earn 1.5 RTCs! A special thanks to Josh Gabehart for organizing the event and to AQUA Illinois for providing a delicious lunch. The YPs are now on Facebook and LinkedIn. You can also check out our website at: Committees/YoungProfessionals.aspx There are always plenty of opportunities to become involved in YP activities or the YP Steering Committee. For more information or to be added to the YP email distribution list, please contact Andrea at “Invest in your future…invest in your profession…invest in yourself” LEFT: Danville tour group at lunch BOTTOM LEFT: Danville group tour BOTTOM RIGHT: Kristin Rehg, Baxter & Woodman (left) and another YP from Colorado at the ACE 10 Lucky Strike reception bowling event

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Isawwa new members list January 1 - July 10, 2010 Julie Morrison, Engineering Enterprises, Inc. Dan Pahman Vince Petroy Greg Chismark, Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, Ltd. John Swedberg, Village of Gilberts Robert Lewis, Stanley Consultants Tom Rogers, Seiler Instrument Adam Allan, Fibrwrap Construction Inc. Tracy Baldaccini, Repair Service Corporation Lisa Martini, Lee Jensen Sales Co Kris Throm, City of Darien Patricia Goggin, American Water Richard Rice, Westin Engineering Mark Robbins, ESRI Shannon Geegan, Wachs Water Services Patricia Davidson, Cowhey Gudmondson Leder Ltd. Robert Grivetti, City of Braidwood Paul Dowd Kyle Henry, Village of Davis Junction Brad Baird, Mahoney Enviromental David Dykstra, Mahoney Environmental Randall James Patrick Higgins, Village of Western Springs Edna Sugden, Parkson Corporation Brad Jacobson, Kiewit Western Co. Steve Luetkehans, Greeley & Hansen Jeff McCumber, Village of Glendale Heights Wt Ken Evans, American Water Mike Ricks, Water Solutions Unlimited, Inc. Mark Volk, Edwin Hancock Engineering Co Nick Oeffling, City of Palos Hills Jill Thiel, City of Naperville Jesse Maynard, Henry, Meisenheimer & Gende, Inc Miguel Del Toral, USEPA Jeremy Nakashima Tony Harrison, City of Carbondale Brian Clarke, Kensington International, Inc Timothy Morris, IL American Water Kurtis Reeg, Reeg Lawyers, LLC Richard Parr, Ch2m Hill Kevin Chavez Tony Schilling, Unison Solutions Patrick Hennesy Steve Geitz, Town of Leyden David Naftzger, Council of Great Lakes Governors Rachael Kaplan, Village of Glendale Heights Mark Bertler, Diversified Pacific Partner Tessa Colbrese, Ch2mhill/ CTR Matt Quinn, City of Chicago Edward Wilmes, Village of Orland Park Corey Gorsich, Progress Environmental Bob Santure, H2o Towers LLC John Olszak, Aqua Service Company David, Olszak, Aqua Service Company Brian Coninx, Weston Solutions Kevin Hannel, Farnsworth Group, Inc. Craig Korte, Lazard Middle Market Mark Shannon, University of Illinois & Urbana-Champaign Rachel Bretz Larry Gobel, Village of Richton Park

Gordon White, Lake County Public Works Nick Santucci, Engineered Storage Products Company Edward Yoho, USALCO Richard Clementi, City Of Joliet Mark Poncer, Linderlake Corporation Carey Hidaka, IBM Corporation Edgar Wright, Grainger Eric Weiss, City of Elgin Water Department Jennifer Jackson, Rockford City Water Division Gust Saros, Rockford City Water Division Joseph Kaczmarski Frank Mangarelli, Lake Barrington Shores Zoltan Mizser, NSNJAWA Austin McFarlane, Lake County Public Works Richard Valent, City of Crystal Lake Robert Bland Jim Nelson, Evanston Water & Sewer Department James Considine, CCT Environmental Doug Haacker, Fox River Water Reclamation Dist. Jeffery Lundy, Village of Lakewood Bud Mason, RCAP Shane Hill, Village of Chatham Erik Lindgren, Village of Lombard Water Department David Moody, Village of Lombard Water Department Jason Treat, Village of Antioch Stephen Moore, Village of Coal City Eduardo Salinas Scott Murphy Todd Pehlke, Village of Shorewood Richard Mytys, AQUA Illinois, Inc. Mike Whittington, Village of Carbon Cliff Duane Detmers, IL American Water Adam Boeche, City of Des Plaines Joe Warner, Black Hawk College Mark Kuhfuss, Well Done Water Works Jeff Drenth, Village of Lombard Christopher Matt, City of Hamilton Michael Patridge, City of Mt Pulaski Frank Steele, Utilities Inc. Dan Engelbrechtson, City of Vandala Mike Jeffries, City of Collinsville Michael Bergen, Village of Lombard Udo Schaefer Ryan Guthman, Kinkaid Area Water System Justin Vannini, Town & Country Utilities Nattaphol Rusmee Jonathan Moody Yan Zhang, Illinois Institute of Technology Ashur Nissan Steve Rowland, Engineered Storage Products Company Leonard Killman, Rend Lake Conservancy Dist. Craig Mcdonald, Loves Park Water Department John Lingon, Touchsensor Technologies LLC Ken Juskie, Linderlake Corporation Sandra Sullivan, Veolia Water North America BEECO Touchsensor Technologies LLC Linderlake Corporation Associated Technical Services Ltd. Veolia Water North America New mem b e r s l i s t 53 Illinois Section American Water Works Association

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Index of Advertisers American Filter Sand ������������������������������������������������������������12 Applied Technologies ������������������������������������������������������������35 Aqua Backflow �����������������������������������������������������������������������18 Backflow Solutions ����������������������������������������������������������������43 Badger Meter �������������������������������������������������������������������������43 Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers ��������������������������35 Black & Veatch ����������������������������������������������������������������������35 Cady Aquastore ���������������������������������������������������������������������10 CDM ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������12 Clark Dietz Inc. ����������������������������������������������������������������������50 CMT Consulting Engineers ���������������������������������������������������35 CP Solutions, Inc. ������������������������������������������������������������������50 CTE/AECOM ���������������������������������������������������������������������������25 Dixon Engineering Inc. ����������������������������������������������������������19 Eccentric Pumps �������������������������������������������������������������������59 Gannett Fleming ��������������������������������������������������������������������15 Heneghan and Associates ����������������������������������������������������05 Henry, Meisenheimer and Gende ����������������������������������������25 Howard R. Green �������������������������������������������������������������������18 Illinois American Water Company ����������������������������������������51

Klingner Associates ���������������������������������������������������������������23 Layne Western �����������������������������������������������������������������������51 McClure Engineering Associates, Inc. ����������������������������������23 M.E. Simpson Co., Inc. ����������������������������������������������������������02 Metropolitan Industries ��������������������������������������������������������04 Natgun �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������24 Norman Noe ��������������������������������������������������������������������������29 Northern Water Works Supply ����������������������������������������������42 PDC Laboratories. �����������������������������������������������������������������58 Poly Processing ��������������������������������������������������������������������50 Preload, Inc. ���������������������������������������������������������������������������07 Red Valve Co./Tideflex Technologies, Inc.. ��������������������������15 Strand ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������50 Taylor Coating Sales/Tnemec �����������������������������������������������09 Tonka Equipment ������������������������������������������������������������������30 Trojan UV ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������11 USABlueBook ��������������������������������������������Outside Back Cover Utility Services Co., Inc. ��������������������������������������������������������29 Water Solutions Unlimited, Inc. ��������������������������������������������42 Water Well Solutions Illinois Division, LLC ���������������������������51

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